MDC Veterans Activists Association deputy treasurer-general, Edwin Dzambara has been suspended by the party’s organ for challenging the MDC president Nelson Chamisa’ authority on television.
Sunday News claims to have in its possession a letter addressed to Mr Edwin Dzambara notifying him of his suspension as deputy treasurer-general following his remarks on ZBCtv where he said Mr Chamisa was no more than an ordinary member of the MDC-Alliance.
“Dear Mr E Dzambara, be informed forthwith that the National Executive of VAA has suspended you (Mr Edwin Dzambara) from your deputy treasurer’s post of the same, for denigrating the MDCVAA patron, who doubles as the MDC party president, Advocate Nelson Chamisa, for reasons best known to yourself.
Yesterday, the 15th you instantly, appeared (with known rebels, anti-MDC people, among them a Webber Chinyadza) on ZTV castigating the MDC president and the MDC party without a justifiable cause. To protect the organisation, VAA has therefore, relieved you, instantly, of your VAA post as its DTG. With immediate effect, disciplinary hearing proceedings are underway on the said charges, and you will be given a fair chance to be heard and to explain/ defend yourself at a date to be informed,” read part of the letter.
VAA national deputy chairperson Mr Felix Mafa confirmed the suspension.
“VAA believes in the freedom of speech and all human rights. Leader Edwin Dzambara has a right to his opinions, however, he should first discuss his reservations with his executive not in collaboration with MDC and president Chamisa political adversaries. He alleges that president Chamisa is just a card carrying MDC member contrary to VAA and MDC, the mainstream, said Mr Mafa.
Mr Chamisa is reportedly facing opposition to the post. The party is set to hold its congress later this year to elect new office bearers but Mr Chamisa has been reportedly purging those against his leadership so that he is re-elected.
MDC Alliance has accused Zanu PF of interfering in its internal affairs including bribing its officials to destabilise the party ahead of congress. Mr Chamisa enjoys wide support from the majority of the MDC Alliance membership and Zimbabweans in general.
Three months ago, MDC Alliance spokesperson, Jacob Mfume claimed that dirty money was being used to destabilise his party. There are fears that ZANU PF is financing factions within MDC.
MDC postponed its congress which was supposed to be held in March to between October and December. According to a Daily News report, Mafume said,
“There is dirty money circulating … we know all this and some are now campaigning, but these are premature campaigns. The fact is, the date for our Congress is between October and December. We had our last congress in 2014, so the Congress is not due yet by any imagination.
“We know that there are some people who are being sponsored by Zanu PF to destabilise the party through early congress calls.”